The Android app for Google TV recently introduced a bunch of new discovery features, with better recommendations, a new interface, and YouTube TV integration.
Formerly known as Play Movies & TV, the Google TV app on Android continues to expand its offerings while pursuing those vital ingredients to become a complete entertainment hub for its users. This new Android app update is part of this player; its app interface now has a new look, along with an expansion of its global and live TV programming.
The Google TV Android app has borrowed some of Chromecast’s discovery tools with Google TV. Discovering content on the app is now a breeze, with Rotten Tomatoes scores placed directly under movie and show posters to signal what critics thought of the movie or show. These posters are now also displayed in a sparkling 16:9 aspect ratio for an added cinematic feel.
With most people’s rolling and burning streaming algorithms relentlessly serving up new show recommendations, it’s always worth giving your streaming apps a nudge in the right direction of the content you you appreciate. Google will now allow you to refine recommendations in your “For You” tab, allowing users to mark movies and shows as “seen”. This should help keep your streaming content fresh and revitalized on the best Android phones.
Many new streaming services will also be supported by the Android app. Now you can gorge on shows from Viki, Discovery+, PBS Kids, Cartoon Network, as well as content from Bloomberg. And, if that’s not enough, Google will now offer integrated access to on-demand streaming content from live TV services like FuboTV, Philo, and YouTube TV. These services can be added manually by tapping on your account icon in the “Manage Services” menu, where you can choose from a list of channels.
Along with improvements to its recommendations to help you find content that matches your interests, the addition of new streaming services should be a real boon for users who might be struggling to find their new favorite show or movie. Currently, you’ll need to be in the US to view the Google TV app, as it’s still not available in other markets at this time.